New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | May 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM | General

'The Host' (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)

The Host

Based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel, world-renowned author Stephenie Meyer presents ‘The Host,’ the epic love story starring Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones), Diane Kruger (National Treasure, Inglourious Basterds), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) and Oscar winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, A History of Violence). ‘The Host’ is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD and Digital including UltraViolet  from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over humans’ bodies and erasing their minds, Melanie Stryder (Ronan) risks everything to protect the people she cares about most, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. Directed and adapted by Oscar winner Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, In Time) and co-starring Frances Fisher (Titanic, Unforgiven), Chandler Canterbury (Knowing, Repo Man) and Jake Abel (I Am Number Four, The Lovely Bones), this modern romance is not to be missed. The Blu-ray Combo Pack allows fans to watch The Host anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.  It includes a Blu-ray disc, a DVD and Digital Copy including Ultraviolet for the ultimate, complete viewing experience. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Unforgettable

Highlighted by brand new behind-the-scenes looks and interviews with the cast and crew ‘Unforgettable‘ Season 1 is now available on DVD from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. With exclusive new material, only available in the 6-disc collection, fans can delve deeply into the inspiration for and making of the fascinating series headlined by Poppy Montgomery and co-starring Dylan Walsh, Michael Gaston, Kevin Rankin, Daya Vaidya and Jane Curtin, just in time for its second season broadcast premiere on July 28. ‘Unforgettable’ centers on Carrie Wells (Montgomery), an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition in which she cannot forget anything.  In the thrilling premiere season, Carrie returns to work as a homicide detective in hopes of trying to solve her sister’s murder.  Although she can vividly recall every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak, her sister’s unsolved murder is the one thing she cannot remember. The ‘Unforgettable’ Season 1 DVD collection includes exclusive bonus material fans will love.  In addition to deleted scenes and new episode commentary from show creators John Bellucci and Ed Redlich, the set also includes new featurettes such as “The Rememberers” which explores the fascinating world of those with a Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) with real-life HSAMer Marilu Henner and neurobiologist Dr. James McGaugh. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Dynasty

Experience all the conflicts, catfights and turmoil of the rich and fabulous with the release of ‘Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Volume One and Volume Two’ collections on DVD.  The iconic 1980s hit series starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, and Jack Coleman, center on the affluent lifestyles of the Carrington and Colby families. Get a front row seat to witness the over-the-top glamour and drama that unfolds as these two oil rich family dynasties exploit and manipulate for power and wealth. Buy the Season 7 combo pack right here.

Medical Center

For seven seasons Medical Center blazed the trail for the modern medical show, dragging the genre up from the staid hospital soap operas of yesterday to the controversy courting adult dramas of today. Anchored by Chad Everett’s starring role as heart throb surgeon Dr. Joe Gannon, ‘Medical Center’ regularly broke TV storytelling taboos while confronting the issues of the day. Aided by Chief of Staff Paul Lochner (James Daly), Doctor Joe takes on sexually transmitted diseases, scalpel happy docs, unethical researchers, and abortion while tending to a who’s who of acting guest stars, including William Shatner, Walter Pidgeon, Dyan Cannon, Tyne Daly (James’ daughter, playing his daughter!), Mercedes McCambridge, Slim Pickens, Martin Sheen, Richard Thomas, Cicely Tyson and O.J. Simpson. Sharply acted and powerfully scripted, ‘Medical Center’ finally makes a most welcome return to the public’s attention in this 6 disc, 26 episode complete season collection. Fans of Medical Center are encouraged to check out Operation: Heartbeat aka U.M.C., the film that inspired the series starring Edward G. Robinson, also available from the Warner Archive Collection. Buy the Season 1 DVD at WBshop.com.

The Power of Few

Religious conspiracy collides with urban corruption with the release of ‘The Power of Few,’ now available on DVD. Written and directed by Leone Marucci, the twisted crime story features an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths), Christian Slater (True Romance), Anthony Anderson (Transformers), Jesse Bradford (“Guys with Kids,” Flags of our Fathers), Moon Bloodgood (The Sessions, “Falling Skies”), Nicky Whelan (Hall Pass), Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World) and rapper Juvenile. In an effort to involve fans and community alike in the making of The Power Of Few, director Leone Marucci and first-time producer Q’orianka Kilcher hosted an online casting contest, where fans auditioned to be featured in the film by uploading their own videos to the film’s official website.  Marucci and Kilcher also invited online audiences to participate in a groundbreaking digital editing contest. Using raw film footage and editing tools on their website, participants were given the opportunity to cut a scene from the film, known as “Scene 64,” which features Kilcher and Bradford in an intense action sequence.  The winning scene, as voted on by fans, is used in the finished film and the winner received a screen credit. Set in New Orleans, a smuggling ring’s efforts to steal a priceless artifact unfold through the perspective of five sets of characters, each with overlapping storylines.  A young girl nicknamed Few observes as multiple lives collide into one when the choices of a single person affect the outcome of all their stories in a world where everything is interconnected. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Dead Man Down

Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell (2009, Best Actor, In Bruges) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) are out for revenge in the intense action thriller ‘Dead Man Down,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD with UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original Swedish-language The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, reunites with Rapace for this suspenseful tale of two strangers irresistibly drawn to one another by their mutual desire for revenge. The top-notch cast also includes Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (2006, Best Actor, Hustle & Flow). The ‘Dead Man Down’ Blu-ray Combo Pack includes three all-new featurettes, taking viewers behind the scenes for an inside look at the intricate work that went into making the film, including the choreography behind the gunfights, as well as the unique look and dark aesthetic used by filmmakers to enhance the story. Victor (Farrell), a professional killer and the right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City, is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their chemistry and intense relationship leads them to execute a violent and cathartic plan for revenge. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Quincy

The legendary Jack Klugman returns as television’s original Crime Scene Investigator, Dr. R. Quincy, in Season Six of the classic ‘70s medical drama, ‘Quincy M.E.’ Season 6 finds Quincy investigating several confounding mysteries, including a slew of strange symptoms displayed by his foster son on an Indian reservation, the death of a promising young athlete, a questionable best-selling diet book, an airplane crash in Santa Monica Bay, a jewel-smuggling mummy and more. ‘Quincy, M.E.’ ran for 8 seasons on NBC and paved the way for a multitude of modern-day medical mystery dramas. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

Bonanza

One of the longest running and most popular television Westerns of all time returns with the release of ‘Bonanza: The Official Sixth Season, Volume One and Volume Two’ collections on DVD. The hit series ‘Bonanza‘ stars Lorne Greene as wise patriarch Ben Cartwright who, alongside his family, maintains their vast timberland ranch in the midst of dangerous and lawless 19th century Nevada. Life is anything but ordinary in the High Sierra for Ben and his three sons, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker), and “Little Joe” (Michael Landon), as action and adventure puts personal relationships and emotions to the ultimate test. Fans can enjoy all the adventures and drama with these new Bonanza collections. Buy the Season 6 combo pack right here.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone‘ remains television’s most treasured anthology program. The brainchild of writer and narrator Rod Serling — inspired by the pulp comics, novels and sci-fi films of his youth — the series introduced its own special brand of weirdness to viewers on October 2, 1959. As a program that correctly billed itself as one “of shadow and substance, of things and ideas,” The Twilight Zone left indelible tracks — not to mention unforgettable theme music — and directors that included Don Medford, Douglas Heyes and Richard L. Bare. All 37 episodes of the third season are included in this set: The Gift, Two, The Shelter, The Mirror, The Grave, It’s a Good Life, Deaths-Head Revisited, The Midnight Sun, Still Valley, The Jungle, Once Upon a Time, Five Characters in Search of an Exit, A Quality of Mercy, One More Pallbearer, Nothing in the Dark, The Hunt, Dead Man’s Shoes, Showdown with Rance McGrew, A Piano in the House, The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank, To Serve Man, The Fugitive, Little Girl Lost, Person or Persons Unknown, The Little People and Four. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special

The ‘Robot Chicken‘ television series heads back to Blu-ray and DVD – and this time, the DC Comics universe is at the center of its Emmy Award-winning stop-motion lampooning. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, continues to build its repertoire of dishing out hilarious sketch comedy parodies in the all-new Adult Swim Blu-ray and DVD release, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. The special, which boasts an all-star cast as well as characters Robot Chicken fans have grown to love, provides a unique take on some of the most iconic superheroes from the DC Comics universe – along with others whose powers can’t really be called “super.” With more than two hours of bonus content created by the special’s producers, including deleted scenes, commentaries, outtakes and more, the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Blu-ray and DVD is a must-own addition for fans of Robot Chicken and DC Comics alike. The special’s all-star cast includes series co-creator and executive producer Seth Green as Batman, Robin and the put-upon Aquaman; Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face; Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor; Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern; Megan Fox as Lois Lane; series and special writer/voice talent Breckin Meyer as Superman, plus Abe Benrubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, series co-creator and executive producer Matthew Senreich, series co-head writer/co-executive producer Tom Root, series director Zeb Wells and Kevin Shinick as co-producer, writer and narrator. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

How the West Was Won

Experience the triumphs and tribulations of the Old West with the release of ‘How The West Was Won‘: The Complete First Season to DVD. Orginally broadcast in 1977 and based on the 1962 film of the same name, the first season of this beloved series features an all-star cast including James Arness (Gunsmoke), Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront, North by Northwest) and Bruce Boxleitner (Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Tron). This two-disc set contains the entire first season, told in three 90 minute segments.  As an added bonus, the release includes the “The Macahans,” the 1976 TV movie about the Macahan family’s initial journey out West to escape the Civil War. ‘How the West Was Won: The Complete First Season’ is a family saga focusing on the lives of the Macahan family in the Old West. The leader of the family, Zeb Macahan (James Arness) is accustomed to the harsh realities of life on the frontier. His sister-in-law, Kate (Eva Marie Saint), alone since the death of her husband, is struggling to maintain a home for her daughters and sons. Luke (Bruce Boxleitner), Kate’s eldest son, is pursued by the law for desertion from the Union Army. Their stories are played out against a realistic recreation of the American West in that lusty, hard-hitting period when laws were frequently broken and progress was charted by individual suffering and survival. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

The Gatekeepers

‘The Gatekeepers,’ nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature,is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Awarded Best Documentary by the Los Angeles Film Critics, this Sony Pictures Classics film was also an official 2012 selection of the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.  Directed by Dror Moreh and produced by Moreh, Estelle Fialon and Philippa Kowarsky, ‘The Gatekeepers’ features exclusive and candid interviews with six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service.  Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include a commentary, as well as a Q&A with Director Dror Moreh. Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror – both Palestinian and Jewish – the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made.  For the first time ever, six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. ‘The Gatekeepers’ offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures.  It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Marvel Knights: Wolverine: Origin

To many, Wolverine is Marvel’s finest hero — the best there is at what he does. Genetics, environment, divine intervention: what incredible forces created this man — the world’s greatest killing machine with a heart as big as the great outdoors? Years into the past, we find three friends, brought together through fate, soon to be divided by tragedy. James Howlett, a sickly boy, stuck in a world where the weak are mocked and left behind. Rose, a young orphan girl summoned to work at the wealthy Howlett estate. And Dog, a poor boy abused by his father, with no hope for a better life. Three friends on the verge of having their innocence shattered. Three companions about to be confronted by the most shocking events of their young lives. Welcome to the greatest story never told. Buy the DVD right here.

A Turtle’s Tale 2: Sammy’s Escape From Paradise

Following the success of ‘A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures,’ the beloved aquatic heroes return for more underwater fun in the heartwarming and hilarious adventure ‘A Turtle’s Tale 2: Sammy’s Escape From Paradise.’ When Sammy & Ray find themselves trapped in The Tank, an underwater aquarium, they must hatch a plan to escape past Big D and his dopey friends to reunite with their grandkids Ricky & Ella. With the help of some unlikely friends, Sammy & Ray find that when you work together, anything is possible. Buy the 3D Blu-ray combo pack right here.

Cohen and Tate

A cinematic version of the O. Henry story “The Ransom At Red Chief, ” this movie is not to be missed! ‘Cohen and Tate‘ are two mafia hit men who don’t exactly hit it off. Cohen (Roy Scheider, Jaws) is an old pro, a cold-blooded killer who is all business. Tate (Adam Baldwin, Chuck) is a young hothead who kills for fun. Together they kidnap nine-year-old Travis Knight (Harley Cross, The Believers), an eyewitness to a recent mob rub-out. Now, they’ve got 24 hours to deliver him to Houston for interrogation and elimination. Realizing their mutual hatred is his only hope, Travis plays this lethal odd couple against one another. But when their volatile words explode into a fiery gun battle, he’s caught in the crossfire. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Lifeguard

Sam Elliot (We Were Soldiers) gives a star-making performance as Rick Carlson a lifeguard in his 30′s who is grappling with what to do with his life. Preparing for another busy summer on a stretch of Southern California beach with his youthful, rookie partner (Parker Stevenson), an aging Rick is forced to reexamine his career choice after he attends his high-school reunion. Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction), his now-divorced former sweetheart, and Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13), an infatuated, teenage, costar in this poignant character study set amid the surf, sand and sun of one memorable California summer. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Ben 10 Omniverse: Heroes Rise

An all-new DVD starring international alien-fighting hero Ben Tennyson is now available with the release of ‘Ben 10 Omniverse: Heroes Rise.’ The two-disc DVD features 10 action-packed episodes from the series’ first season starring Ben, his arsenal of alien alter-egos, new partner Rook and a colorful underground world filled with intergalactic life. Also included in the set are “Alien Reveals” and “Alien Database” bonus features. Ben 10: Omniverse is the latest television series in the global juggernaut Ben 10 franchise that debuted on Cartoon Network in 2005 and also includes Ben 10, Ben 10 Alien Force, and Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, as well as a series of television movies. The current series is produced by Cartoon Network Studios with Matt Youngberg (Transformers: Animated) serving as supervising producer, and is currently the top-rated Cartoon Network program on Saturday mornings with boys 6-11 and boys 9-14, according to recent Nielsen Media Research data. New episodes debut Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. (ET/PT), with replays throughout the week. Buy the DVD right here.

The Molly Maguires

The Molly Maguires was a secret society of militant coal miners who battled their exploitation by mine owners with violence, intimidation… and sometimes murder. Based on actual events, this gripping story is a sympathetic and accurate account of the Irish-American miners’ struggle. Richard Harris (Gladiator, Camelot) plays a detective on undercover assignment for the owners, fighting to win the workers’ trust, and finally, fighting his own conscience. Academy Award winner Sean Connery (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables) is the tough and suspicious leader of the Molly’s who repeatedly tests the newcomer’s loyalty. Excellent photography and fine action scenes add to the realism of this vivid social drama. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Combat Girls

Artsploitation Films, the rising American film company, continues to deliver edgy international movies to North American audiences with its latest release, ‘Combat Girls.’ This searing coming of age drama follows two suburban girls from vastly different backgrounds who become ensnared in the Neo-Nazi youth movement. Twenty year old Melissa (a stand-out, powerhouse acting performance from newcomer Alina Levshin) is a hard-core believer, a semi-skinhead who is adorned with Nazi tattoos. Fourteen year-old Svenja (Jella Haase) is a sheltered, spoiled, straight A student who becomes fascinated with the group because of her Neo-Nazi boyfriend. They began as adversaries but soon become best friends though their loyalty to each other is shaken when Marisa decides she wants to leave the group. Like American History X and Romper Stomper, ‘Combat Girls’ is extremely dynamic, powerful filmmaking. ‘Combat Girls’ Alina Levshin won the Best Actress award at The Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Film Fest Munich and The AMD “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition Award for Best Actress at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The film also played the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Jeresulem Jewish Film Festival and Dubi International Film Festival respectively. Buy the DVD right here.

Would You Rather

A philanthropic millionaire is just dying to give money to people who really need it – but his chosen recipients may just wind up dying in their pursuit of the prize. That’s the chilling setup for ‘Would You Rather,’ a one-of-a-kind thriller that will leave viewers shaken and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. What would you do if a millionaire offered you a chance to solve all your life’s problems? After the tragic death of her parents, Iris (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect, John Tucker Must Die) is desperate to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother. When seemingly philanthropic aristocrat Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs, Re-Animator, Masters of Horror) expresses an interest in helping her by inviting her to an exclusive dinner party that offers the chance at untold riches, Iris finds herself in a group of similarly desperate individuals all looking to make some easy money. But the guests soon find themselves trapped in Lambrick’s mansion and forced to play a sadistic parlor game of Would You Rather, where one is faced with two grim, violent choices and where only the winner will get out alive. As the game progresses, Iris must decide how far she will go to save her brother – and herself. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

One of Paramount’s funniest films of the forties is this Preston Sturges screwball classic staring Betty Hutton (The Greatest Show on Earth) and Eddie Bracken (Hail the Conquering Hero.) Hutton is Trudy Kockenlocker, a small-town gal who feels it is her patriotic duty to dance the night away with soldiers who are headed oversees. But after too many glasses of “victory lemonade,” Trudy jitterbugs right into a chandelier – and awakens the next morning to find a mysterious wedding ring on her finger, and no recollection of her new “husband”! That’s when she decides to find a quick, surrogate spouse and sets her sights on her lovelorn, childhood friend, Norval Jones (Bracken). This frantic, audacious comedy hit landed Sturges a 1944 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Anything Goes

Bing Crosby plays a Broadway star teamed up with young TV hotshot Donald O’Connor. Vacationing separately in Europe and needing a leading lady for their upcoming show, each signs a prospect–Crosby snaps up Mitzi Gaynor (at her perkiest) and O’Connor finds Jeanmaire, a French dancer. The show can only have one female star, so when the quartet crosses paths on the ocean liner back to the U.S., sparks will fly. Or not–this Paramount musical lacks any definable zip, from the sleepy dialogue to the listless camera. The capable Nick Castle staged the musical sequences, although Jeanmaire’s numbers were choreographed by Roland Petit (also her husband). The Porter songs are half-heartedly rendered, although O’Connor and Gaynor get some oomph into “It’s De-Lovely.” Der Bingle was born to burble “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” but it’s too little, too late. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

News & Notes:

Dexter‘ The Complete Final Season and ‘Dexter’ The Complete Series Collection will arrive on Blu-ray Disc and DVD November 5. From Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution, ‘Dexter’ The Complete Series Collection includes all eight acclaimed seasons in an ultra-collectible recreation of the actual blood slide box used by Dexter Morgan to catalog his victims on the show. Also designed and included specifically for this collection, “Grafix: The Art of Dexter” is a collection of photography, fan artwork and iconography and images used in the series’ cutting edge promotional campaigns. Finally, fans will enjoy an all-new bonus disc with access to over three hours of behind-the-scene interviews, featurettes and more. Available for the first time on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, this bonus material delves deep into the series and is highlighted by the new documentaries “The Evolution of Dexter Morgan” and “The Code.” Amazon.com will also be offering an exclusive complete collection, showcased in sleek, collectible “bust/head” packaging representing an anonymous Dexter kill.